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Board Of Directors

Director of Finance and Administration
Kansas Public Radio

Lawrence, KS

Nicole Banman has served as the director of finance and administration at Kansas Public Radio (KPR) and the Audio-Reader Network in Lawrence, Kansas, for nearly 10 years. Nicole was born and raised in Kansas, earning her B.S. in accounting from Kansas State University in 2006 and her M.S. in accounting from the University of Kansas in 2011. Her entire career consists of work in the nonprofit accounting sector. Prior to working at KPR, she served as the finance director for an academic research department at KU Medical Center. In addition to her position at KPR, Nicole works as the director of finance for Kaw Valley Soccer Association, she is a member of the board of directors for the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center, and she serves as the treasurer for her son’s Boy Scout troop #61. In addition to overseeing all of the accounting, budgeting, and administrative functions of KPR and Audio-Reader, Nicole serves as the compliance officer for the station. She ensures that KPR maintains full compliance with FCC and CPB regulations. Nicole is responsible for developing separate budgets for KPR and Audio-Reader, both of which are licensed to the University of Kansas. The combined annual budgets for which Nicole is responsible amount to $3M. She is an advocate for public broadcasting and enjoys reaching out to her community to promote the industry.

VP of Finance & Administration
WNIN Tri-State Public Media

Evansville, IN

Carlin Beckman has been with WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc. for over 19 years, serving as VP of finance and administration since 2005. Her first three years with WNIN she served as director of finance and administration and was promoted to vice president in 2005. Prior to joining WNIN, she worked as business manager for a vehicle rental business and as an accountant with a local CPA firm. Beckman earned her bachelor's degree in merchandising from Louisiana State University, her home state, and later earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from the University of Southern Indiana. Before starting her accounting and finance career, she was an account manager for NCR Corporation for 6+ years, selling custom business forms and labels, and worked as an assistant buyer and store manager for several womens apparel stores. Carlin is thankful for the opportunities she has had to work with, lead, and learn from many talented, wonderful individuals throughout her employment.

Senior VP, Human Resources
Public Broadcasting Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Kenneth Brown has been in public broadcasting for more than 18 years, with experience in HR and overseeing technical areas of IT and engineering. He also serves as a strategic senior operational leader at PBA.

Business and Information Manager
WGVU

Grand Rapids, MI

Megan Davey is currently the business & information manager at WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids. Prior to working for WGVU, she served as the vice president of finance at Pitchfork, specializing in budgeting, payroll administration, human resource management, and account management. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and accounting from DePaul University.

Director of Finance
WGCU Public Media

Fort Myers, FL

David has over 15 years of experience in public broadcasting and 25 years financial experience with multiple positions in accounting, budgeting, reporting, and management. He currently work as director of finance at WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida (a medium-size university joint licensee) and formerly worked at ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio (a large community joint licensee). Prior to joining public broadcasting, David held accounting jobs with other nonprofits, including a community action agency and a public housing authority. His experience and diverse background gives him a unique perspective of where public broadcasting has been, but also knowing the heights it can achieve.

Vice President of Station Strategy and Development
PBS

Arlington, VA

As vice president, station strategy & development, Max Duke is responsible for creating and executing strategies for building station capacity, supporting leadership development, and enhancing critical skills for station staff members. Max began his 20-year public media career at South Florida PBS where he developed and implemented the station’s digital media presence. He later went on to serve as the station’s VP of content and community partnerships. At PBS, Max served as senior director of PBS’s Station Products & Innovation Team, playing a central role in helping local stations navigate the new digital age through various initiatives, such as the COVE video ecosystem and the Digital Immersion Project. Max’s experience with digital products, content strategy, and multiplatform distribution is at PBS stations’ disposal.

Director of Finance and Administration
WUCF-TV

Orlando, FL

Rita Echeverria joined the PMBA board of directors in June 2017. She has been at WUCF-TV since August 2013 and currently serves as the director of finance and administration. She is responsible for the station’s budget, financial statements, audit, compliance, HR, and grants. Echeverria served as interim executive director for the station from December 2015 through May 2016. Echeverria worked for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine-Regional Extension Center for two years as assistant director of finance and accounting before joining the station. Prior to working at UCF, Echeverria worked as a controller for a real estate developer, financial reporting manager for various real estate management companies, and as an auditor for medium and large size CPA firms. Echeverria received her bachelor’s degree in commerce, majoring in accounting, from Assumption College, Philippines.

President & Co-Founder
Contributor Development Partnership

Boston, MA

Michal Heiplik is the president and co-founder of the Contributor Development Partnership (CDP). As a 20-year public broadcasting veteran, Michal has extensive experience in database management, membership development, and in identifying fundraising practices that drive positive results. His analytic approach to fundraising and operational problems has given rise to innovation and positive results in his past endeavors. Through identification, sharing, and execution of sound fundraising practices, Michal is working to generate new ways in which stations can collaboratively add prospects and increase net revenues. His previous role as executive director for local development at WGBH amplified his expertise in all aspects of membership. In this role, he oversaw all levels of membership at the Boston station—the largest membership fundraising program in New England. His department focused on individual giving, direct mail solicitation, online giving, door-to-door, digital, and on-air fundraising. As a result of his efforts, WGBH improved its fundraising program by raising 25% more net revenue on an annual basis. Prior to WGBH, Michal worked in many different roles at Houston Public Media. He constructed the station’s fundraising database and later moved the entire organization onto a state-of-the-art fundraising platform. This platform enabled dramatic improvement in fundraising results. He later left his position as membership director to lead the national data collaboration that led to the creation of CDP.

Executive Director, Marketing and Member Experience
Greater Public

Minneapolis, MN

Andrew Leitch is the director of marketing and member station relations at Greater Public. He is responsible for bringing together the company’s marketing, membership, and data strategies to strengthen the value of Greater Public membership and foster deeper engagement with its services. He is the co-creator of YPpubmedia, a volunteer-led group focused on connecting young professionals in public media to supportive national networks. Andrew believes that a strong support system for emerging professionals is critical to the health of the public media system.

Andrew currently serves on the board of the Alternative Motion Project, a professional dance company in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. He has a bachelor's degree in music business from the University of Miami and a master's degree in arts management from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Andrew serves as an ex officio member.

President
South Carolina ETV

Columbia, SC

Anthony Padgett joined South Carolina ETV in October of 2017. He previously served as Georgia Public Broadcasting's chief operating officer. His responsibilities there included the management and oversight of the organization's day-to-day operational needs, including technology services, content creation and distribution, digital and education innovations, and business services. Padgett formerly served as the senior vice president of content and operations at WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lead multiple departments, such as Technology/Operations, Studio/Facilities, Radio/News/Digital, and Programming/Production. Padgett began his career in the United States Air Force as a broadcasting engineer, and has also worked in public broadcasting as chief engineer at WBCC in Florida. He is married with four children and active in Rotary.


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Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
WAMU 88.5 American University Radio

Washington, DC

Michael Scher is the director of financial planning and analysis at WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. He was formerly the assistant director of business operations at American University’s Law School, where he was responsible for procurement activities, campus auxiliaries, internal financial reporting, and grants management. Mr. Scher is an accountant and attorney, having received his J.D., cum laude, from American University in 2013 and his master’s degree in accounting in 2019. His interest in public media comes from his undergraduate studies in journalism at American University’s School of Communication.

Director, Business Development
NPR

Washington, DC

Joe Schifano is the director of business and fiscal affairs for NPR’s Distribution Division, which manages the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS). In this position, Joe leads the team responsible for divisional financial reporting, budgeting, billing, collections, contracts, and marketing support. He also represents NPR and NPR Distribution at key industry conferences, such as the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.

Joe has served NPR for more than 21 years, beginning his career as chief accountant in NPR’s Finance Division. In 1997, he joined the NPR Distribution and PRSS Team, in which he has served in a leadership capacity ever since. Joe has also held the position of adjunct faculty professor at the Northern Virginia Communicate College for 26 years, teaching such courses as accounting, finance, and statistics.

Joe earned both his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in accounting and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Prior to his service with NPR, Joe worked as the controller for a regional retail organization serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

 

General Manager and Associate Vice President
WUSF Public Media

Tampa, FL

JoAnn Urofsky leads WUSF Public Media, which includes WUSF TV, WUSF 89.7, and Classical WSMR in Tampa, Florida. Prior to serving in her current role at WUSF Public Media, JoAnn was station manager of WUSF 89.7 in Tampa and WGCU-FM in Fort Myers, Florida. She was program director of jazz station WAER in Syracuse, New York, and worked at West Virginia Public Radio as jazz director, reporter, Morning Edition host, and cultural affairs producer. She began her career as a commercial radio deejay working at country, MOR, and adult contemporary stations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Urofsky has served local and national civic, charitable, and professional groups. She is the chair of NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association), is in her second term on the board of directors of PBS, is vice chair of the public TV organization Affinity Group Coalition, and has served two terms on the board of directors of NPR. She has been on the board of Public Radio Program Directors, Inc., Greater Public, Station Resource Group, and Radio Research Corporation. In Tampa, she is a past president of the Athena Society and of the Network of Executive Women, and has been a board member of Leadership Tampa Alumni. She served as marketing chair on the executive committee of the Tampa Bay Partnership. She’s a Leadership Florida alum. In Syracuse, she served as vice president of Women in Communications Inc. and was a national judge for the Clarion Award.

Urofsky received her B.A from The Pennsylvania State University and earned her M.A. at Syracuse University.

 

Finance Director
WQED Multimedia

Pittsburgh, PA

Mike Waruszewski is the chief financial officer and member of the executive staff for WQED Multimedia. At WQED, he is responsible for compiling the annual company operating and capital budget, overseeing the annual audit process, cash flow, and compliance with FCC and CPB financial regulations, as well as facilities, information technology, and human resources. He is staff liaison with the WQED board of directors on all financial matters and reports to the Finance, Business and Operations Committee and Audit Committee on WQED’s financial structure. He serves on WQED’s Capital Needs Committee to plan and fund updates to WQED’s technical and broadcast capabilities and improvements to the WQED building and campus.